Thursday, 24 May 2012

Nettleham Infants School Will Become An Academy

The Governing Body of Nettleham Infants School resolved last night to make an application to the Secretary of State for Education to attain Academy status, giving the school greater operational independence.

Despite a small number of comments received questioning the move, during the consultation, Governors resolved unanimously to become an Academy.

Nettleham Parish Council had raised concern that the size of the school was not viable to go alone, recommending consideration of an umbrella, hard federation academy model. This was rejected by Governors owing to the lack of obvious candidates to join in such a model. The School, however, does expect to work with other schools in a soft collaborative approach.

Giles McNeill, a Local Education Authority Governor at the school said:
"This is an excellent  move, it promises a brighter future for parents, staff but most importantly the children at the School. 
"We have had to move on this now, we wanted to move at the time of our choosing, not when we are forced to by the local authority or central government."
A further concern raised by parents was the impact upon pupils feeding into Nettleham C.E. Junior School. However, it was felt that the change to Academy status would have limited impact as the two schools are very different already.

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